November 25, 2016
September 7, 2016
August 13, 2016
Juvia's Place The Masquerade Palette was such a joy to swatch! This company is pretty new, black owned and has a total of three palettes on the market so far. It has become a favorite amongst women of color because the colors are so vibrant and actually show up our our brown skin. Included is a YT video of live swatches for those of you that just need a little more clarity before purchasing.
April 27, 2016
One year ago on April 27, 2015 I had Blepharoplasty aka upper eyelid surgery. I was very transparent throughout the entire process and blogged the entire journey here on my blog (Blepharoplasty) as well as created a playlist on my YT channel (Blepharoplasty Playlist). While this will be my last post of this journey, I doubt that it will be my last plastic surgery. I really want to have a breast reduction, but I'm going to wait until I have totally transformed my body from fat to muscle, that way I will be able to see how much of a reduction I really need.
April 18, 2016
Swatches | Juvia's Place The Nubian Palette & The Nubian 2 Palette on Brown Skin + Live Video Swatches
These two palettes have been circulating throughout the Instaphere on all the popular hashtags that women of color usually go to to look up swatches... some of them are #mmwoc, #brownskinswatches #brownskinbeauty, #melanin, #forwomenofcolor, #browngirlbloggers... and a whole lot more. Well, the swatches are very questionable depending on who swatches them and how many strokes you're willing to use to get the pigment to pop. I swatched them live on the video then took photos afterwards, so you'll see the pigmentation and how many strokes it takes for some of the shadows to show up on my skin. For reference i'm NW43 in Mac foundations.
March 30, 2016
Beauty ~ Tom Ford Honeymoon Palette | Chanel L'Intemporel De Chanel Palette | Chanel Sunkiss Ribbon Blush
These are a few items that I've been looking forward to wearing and creating some fun looks for Spring/Summer and beyond. The Tom Ford Honeymoon Palette was just released in the Tom Ford Spring 2016 collection. The Chanel L'Intemporel De Chanel Palette was from the Chanel Fall 2015 collection and the Chanel Sunkiss Ribbon Blush is part of the new Chanel Spring 2016 collection
January 29, 2016
Urban Decay has about 10 (maybe more) of these very pigmented eyeshadows and they are absolutely gorgeous. I love dabbing them over a matte shadow of the same color to make them pop. UD has so many eyeshadow palettes with lots of gorgeous colors but they are not travel friendly. I like to have smaller quads with about 4 shadows and then carry one or two of pigment shadows to add a little more depth for the evening. You may or may not know, I do my eyes everyday with shadow. I always tell people.... I didn't spend 3k to have my hooded eyelids lifted to not enjoy every moment I have with them.
January 18, 2016
One of my December purchases was this beautiful Gucci Autumn Fire Magnetic Color Eye Shadow Quad. I have one other quad that I purchased when they first launched last year reviewed here, and I like the quality and packaging of their products. I wanted to add another one to my collection since I have gravitated towards the smaller compact quads. Although I love my Urban Decay big bulky palettes, these smaller quads are easy to carry for touch-ups if needed while on the run.
December 10, 2015
This might be hard to believe but this is the second eye cream that I have ever bought. I have been using eye cream samples for the last 20yrs or maybe longer so I never had to actually purchase any. The samples that I have are very high end and these little tubes last for quite awhile too. So on with this product review. I purchased this Neocutis Lumiere Bio-restorative Eye Cream on recommendation from my Plastic Surgeon right after I was released from his care after I had my Blepharoplasty. I was hoping that it would preform some sort of miracle and shrink the tiny scar above my right eye.... well to no avail the scar is still there.
Beauty Editor Lily Seymour at 5:09 PM Labels: #beautyover50, #brownskin, #neocutis, #womenofcolor, Beauty, beauty over 50, Eye Care, Eyes, Hooded Eyelids, Neocutis, Over 50, Serums, Skin Care
November 6, 2015
Swatches ~ Mac Dazzleshadow Pigments from MACnificant Collection | ColorDrenched Pigments from Magic of the Night Holiday 2015 + Video
The Dazzleshadow pigments has very pigmented glitters released in a limited collection of ten Dazzleshadow colors. They are very creamy in texture and apply perfectly with very little fallout. As with all glitter pigments it is best to apply a glitter glue to keep them in place. I like to use these in the inner corner of my eyes for a hint of sparkle.
Beauty Editor Lily Seymour at 12:00 AM Labels: #beautyover50, #brownskin, #maccosmetics, #womenofcolor, Beauty, beauty over 50, brown skin, Collections, Eyes, Eyeshadow, MAC, swatches
November 5, 2015
I created this look using this very gorgeous blue eyeshadow pigment from the Magic of the Night holiday 2015 collection which just launched from Mac. This shadow which is just packed with color. If you haven't picked up any of these shadows yet, I would highly recommend getting some, there's only 5 shadows in this collection and I purchased them all. Get Physical is from the MACificant collection which launched just before the holiday collection. I added a little glitter from bh Cosmetics in the inner corner which doesn't show up with my Sony Cybershot camera. I have a huge swatch fest coming this weekend of the 10 pigment eyeshadows that I picked up from both collections so stay tuned!
October 21, 2015
I had my eye on the YSL Couture Palette in Metal Clash as soon as it arrived online, I ordered mine from Sephora of course so that I could maintain my VIB Rouge status. This palette has something for everyone and if you're searching for the perfect palette that you can transition from day to night, then this is the one to have. It's limited edition so if you have this on your radar, you might want to get it disappears forever.
October 19, 2015
I recently heard a rumor that Fashion Fair Cosmetics was going out of business and this has been one of my Favorite Brands throughout the years. I don't know how much truth it is to the rumor but I decided that the next time I went to church I would stop by the Macy's and pick up a few things. My church is about a 30 minute drive from my home and there's a shopping center that has a Macy's which carries the Fashion Fair brand.
October 15, 2015
I love giving my lower lash line a pop of color and it's something that I do daily. I go to the gym ever morning to lift weights and I always do my eyebrows, apply mascara and use a color eye pencil on my lower lash line. These very inexpensive eye pencils were in the sale bin in the Kiko Cosmetics store in my local mall, I got them all for $2.99 each. They have newer ones for $9 which have an automatic sharpener and lots of newer colors.
Beauty Editor Lily Seymour at 12:00 AM Labels: #beautyover50, #brownskin, #kikocosmetics, #womenofcolor, Beauty, beauty over 50, brown skin, Eye Pencils, Eyes, Kiko Cosmetics, swatches
October 10, 2015
This limited edition collection was in collaboration with the Japanese Fashion Designer Guo Pei who is such a creative genius in color, style and flare. I absolutely adore the packaging and this was probably one of the main reasons that I purchased from this collection. This will probably be my last #maccosmetics purchase this year simply because Mac has become so overpriced with their limited edition collections and their quality hasn't been all that great. I absolutely love their Fluidlines and Paintpots so I will probably continue purchasing them because I've been collecting them since Mac first launched in 2003.
October 5, 2015
Swatches ~ Mac Vamplify, MACnificent Me Luzmaria & Tresor, Dazzleshadow and Studio Sculpt Superblack Mascara
I purchased several items from the Mac Cosmetics store in my local Macy's and a few others online. I don't think that I have very many fall lipsticks so I wanted to add just a few to my stash. I'm still not sure if dark lipsticks a flattering on women over a certain age but I couldn't resist trying these two colors since the swatches I'd seen were breathtaking and complimented the fall eye looks that i've been so eagerly trying.
Beauty Editor Lily Seymour at 12:00 AM Labels: #brownskin, #maccosmetics, Beauty, beauty over 50, Blushes, brown skin, Eyes, Eyeshadow, Lip Gloss, Lips, Lipstick, MAC, Mascara, swatches
September 20, 2015
With the holidays approaching, there's quite a few brands that are releasing stunning palettes, problem is.... they are all limited edition. So you.. just like me... will be tempted to purchase them all or select the ones that are within your budget. I have always wanted to try KVD's eyeshadows. They are not cheap at $20 a pop, I have never been able to try them. However, when I saw this palette, I just knew that I had to have it.
September 2, 2015
I was very honored to receive a full tube of the most talked about Serum on the market today Elite Serum. If you are not familiar with Elite Serum, then allow me to introduce it to you.
I begin using it all over my face and neck because the skin in those areas are beginning to loosen. I'm in my mid 50's and my skin has never looked so amazing!
Beauty Editor Lily Seymour at 12:52 PM Labels: #brownskin, Beauty, beauty over 50, brown skin, Elite Serum, Eye Care, Eyes, Hooded Eyelids, Hyaluronic Acid, Over 50, Serums, Skin Care
May 8, 2015
New from the M.A.C. Is Beauty collection was a bevy of fluidlines, some new and others were re-released from past collections. There were 16 total and the only two that I didn't have were these two. I've been collecting MAC fluidlines since the mid 90's when they were first introduced. I think I have 40 total. In my video "Sneak Peek into my Makeup Drawers" you'll see my Fluidlines and Paintpots which I also collect.
March 7, 2015
Esqido mink lashes is all the rage among celebrities and entertainers alike, but there's one brand that truly stands out amongst it's competitors because of it's fine craftsmanship and attention to detail. Esqido false eyelashes provides you with many looks from mild to dramatic satisfying every occasion from casual to black tie. Esqido lashes are hand crafted from pure mink giving you the feeling as if you're wearing nothing at all.